Here in Florida, a deputy was called by an emotionally distraught woman with a known history of mental illness and institutionalization. She needed to know how to un-jam her handgun. The deputy fixed her gun and she promptly shot herself to death.
Elsewhere someone called police to help a troubled autistic man at his home. The police were made aware of his illness. He showed the police a knife and was promptly shot to death. Our society is failing to treat and serve the mentally ill. A large percentage of our prison population is mentally ill and many are killed on the street before even making it to jail. We must do better.